'This is The Lost Ones' podcast #2 - 'Anakie, a living museum'
In our second of occasional podcasts for This is The Lost Ones, we speak with the prolific artist Rosalind Lawson as she describes her inspiration and her muse - Anakie Gorge in the Brisbane Ranges. This fragile piece of wilderness has inspired the creation of her latest exhibition Anakie Gorge - a Living Museum (June 24 - July 10, 2016). Rosalind Lawson has been keenly interested in the natural, cultural and environmental themes of the central and southern regions of Victoria for nearly two decades and has expressed these themes through painting, drawing and as a papermaker and paper artist. In this, her latest solo exhibition, Rosalind focuses her attention on the Brisbane Ranges landmark. Anakie Gorge was formed 500 million years ago when violent eruptions under the sea forced the watery sediment into a new configuration. For thousands of years the Wathaurong people occupied this area, but with European colonisation and the demand for water from the Geelong settlements, three thousand hectares of the Brisbane Ranges were claimed as a catchment area and dammed to support the growing population. Today Anakie Gorge stands as a geographic record of the movement of water, both natural and engineered. Rosalind derives unending inspiration from this weathered landscape. In ‘Anakie Gorge: A Living Museum’ Rosalind has produced a series of works that express the tension between natural forces and human intervention. Rosalind's exhibition was opened on Saturday 25th June by local poet, Barry Breen. Music was provided by the Ballarat U3A Celtic Band.